The Judgment Seat of Christ
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, that each one may receive the things done in the body, according to what he has done, whether good or bad. II Corinthians 5:10
The judgment seat of Christ is for believers, the final tally of one's life in the body. Standing before the King of all Kings to receive rewards for service and sacrifice, or beholding a bonfire of wood, hay and stubble. Good deeds, bad deeds or no deeds at all will be brought to light by the brightness of the glory of the Lord.
When we stand before Him on that glorious day He will not appear as a lowly shepherd, but as a King clothed in a robe dipped in blood and having the appearance of a mighty warrior armed for battle. Jesus will ultimately judge every motive and action of our heart as members of His body. Nothing will be hidden and no one can be blamed for what we and only we have done.
Laid before us will be our works that we have done while on earth as Christians, to be judged by the very fire of God. The eyes of Jesus as a flame of fire will examine them and then ignite them in a bonfire of vanity, leaving only that which is precious in His sight. We will either have a pile of gold and jewels or a stack of ashes smoldering in His presence.
For no foundation can anyone lay than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if anyone builds on this foundation with gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, straw, each one's work will become clear; for the Day will declare it, because it will be revealed by fire; and the fire will test each one's work, of what sort it is. If anyone's work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward. I Corinthians 3:11-14
GIVING YOUR LIFE AWAY
"For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for My sake will save it. Luke 9:24
Life is a precious commodity freely given to us to do with it what we please, but in order to serve God that life must be given back to Him who gave it. To lay down one's own dreams and visions of becoming a success in this life must be weighed out in light of it's eternal consequences.
Salvation is a free gift given by the Father to all who would receive His Son by faith and acknowledge His sacrifice on the cross. The giving of one's life back to the Father in exchange for His free gift is a small price to pay for eternal life. The most valuable treasure on the planet is the soul of man and it is the only thing that can be transferred to Heaven.
Shortly after I received the Lord almost thirty one years ago, I proceeded back in the world and started an equipment business only to fall prey to pride, greed and selfish ambition. Money became the primary goal of my life even though I was now a Christian. I was going back in the same direction I was going when I was in the world, no-where!
One morning very early I was praying in my office with a friend when suddenly I sensed the presence of the Lord Jesus enter the office, I couldn't see Him but I knew it was Him. He told me to come with Him, again I couldn't hear an audible voice but I knew it was He who was speaking. I said, where are we going and He told me to go to an old cemetery in Aurora, Texas. I was very familiar with it because we would cut school and go there when I was a teenager.
When we arrived the wind was blowing the old sign on the cemetery gates which read, I am the resurrection and the life, he who believes in Me, though he may die, he shall live, by that time I had cold chills, but proceeded into the graveyard to an old brush arbor where He began to speak to me. Jesus told me that I was like Lazarus when He called him forth from the grave and the grave clothes he was wrapped in represented all the entanglements of the world that I had allowed back in my life.
I was blown away by His presence and the fact that He cared enough to confront me and as I drove back to the office He spoke one more time. "Choose this day whom you will serve, life or death, or blessing or curse," I said, "Lord I choose you!" When I got back to the office a constable was standing there to serve papers to me shutting my business down and ultimately I had to file for bankruptcy.
I beseech you therefore brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. Romans 12:1
THE PARABLE OF THE TALENTS
"And to one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one, to each according to his own ability; and immediately he went on a journey." Matthew 25:15
Everyone who comes to Jesus receives a certain number of "Talents" to multiply for His kingdom. They may be certain gifts or special abilities given to reach the lost, or motivational gifts that fuel the passion and desires of others or just the heart of a servant, but they must be used in order to multiply.
I have observed hundreds in the body of Christ who are truly gifted in many areas of ministry, the arts and business and yet they are stifled and seem to die spiritually from lack of use. They are either afraid or they are never given the chance to exercise their gift. What a shame to stand before the Lord on that day and see the beautiful gifts you were given to use in this world go up in smoke.
Jesus is coming back to receive an accounting of those things that we have received and to reward us for the way in which we utilized them. There will be great joy and jubilation as well as outcries of agony and remorse over the use of our gifts and the stewardship that we have received. The time is short and the harvest is at hand I suggest you take an inventory of your talents to see if they are multiplying or hidden in the ground.
The wise servants in the parable maximized their stewardship and multiplied everything that was given them but the unwise hid his talent in the ground and refused to invest in the kingdom of God. On that fateful day many will hear the voice of the Son of God say to the multitudes, "Well done, good and faithful servant or you wicked and lazy servant!" in any case at that point it will be too late.
"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; "but lay up for yourselves treasures in Heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal." "For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also." Matthew 6:19-21